Elizabeth Bishop

Worcester, Massachusetts
Elizabeth Bishop
Worcester, Massachusetts
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Cape Breton

Rating: 3.3
Out on the high "bird islands," Ciboux and Hertford,
the razorbill auks and the silly-looking puffins all stand
with their backs to the mainland
in solemn, uneven lines along the cliff's brown grass-frayed edge,
while the few sheep pastured there go "Baaa, baaa."
(Sometimes, frightened by aeroplanes, they stampede
and fall over into the sea or onto the rocks.)
The silken water is weaving and weaving,
disappearing under the mist equally in all directions,
lifted and penetrated now and then
by one shag's dripping serpent-neck,
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Mahtab Bangalee 29 November 2020
full of beautiful descriptive poem; as if I am on that landscape.......
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Khairul Ahsan 29 November 2020
'Sometimes, frightened by aeroplanes, they stampede and fall over into the sea or onto the rocks' - A vivd picture of the flocks of sheep in dire fear. 'The silken water is weaving and weaving, disappearing under the mist equally in all directions' - Loved this beautiful imagery. Glad to see this poem selected as the 'Classic Poem of the Day'!
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Edward Kofi Louis 29 November 2020
Things seen around Cape Breton! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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Dr Antony Theodore 29 November 2020
The birds keep on singing, a calf bawls, the bus starts. The thin mist follows the white mutations of its dream; an ancient chill is rippling the dark brooks. a very fine poem. thank you. to ny
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Deluke Muwanigwa 29 November 2020
Its like i been to the scene. Lovely descriptive poem.
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Robert Murray Smith 27 June 2018
A painted poem where sheep roam.++10
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Muzahidul Reza 27 June 2018
A well descriptive one with aloquence and pictorial expression
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Castellenas John 27 June 2018
A wonderful poem. The description was amazing. Thank you.
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Bernard F. Asuncion 27 June 2018
Such a great write by Elizabeth Bishop??????
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